Let's drift! The two new BMW M4 Competition from the Red Bull Driftbrothers are ready for action. With the support of BMW M GmbH, the two brothers Elias Hountondji (35) and Johannes Hountondji (40) have completed the conversion and preparation of their new emergency vehicles for the 2021 season in the Drift Masters European Championship. On July 10th and 11th, the Driftbrothers will be competing in the BMW M4 Competition for the first time at the season opener of the series in Greinbach (AUT).
1.050 PS BMW M4 (G82) Coupe
"I am deeply impressed by what the Red Bull Driftbrothers have tickled out of our vehicles and I wish them both every success for the start of the season. The result also shows what a good basis the BMW M4 Competition offers for use in motorsport. Right from the start of development, we designed the production vehicle to also form the basis for our new GT icon, the BMW M4 GT3, which we officially presented almost two weeks ago as part of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring“, Says Markus Flasch, CEO BMW M GmbH.
1.050 hp and almost 1.300 Nm torque
Elias and Johannes Hountondji have made extensive changes to the two BMW M4 Competitions in order to adapt them to the special requirements of the spectacular drifting sport. They doubled the top performance of the six-cylinder in-line engine from the BMW M4 Competition from 1.050 HP and increased the maximum torque, which is particularly important in drifting, to almost 1.300 Nm.
Elias Hountondji speaks with admiration of the huge potential of the series engine. "This is basically a real racing engine in a road vehicle. With every part that you look at on this engine, you can see that many engineers have put a lot of thought into the optimal design“Says the younger of the two Driftbrothers. In order to achieve the enormous increase in performance, the brothers installed, among other things, a special, particularly powerful one Cooling circuit with a additional second cooler in the rear.
everything designed for drifting
The aerodynamics have also been extensively revised and optimized for lateral driving when drifting. In addition to their own experience, the Driftbrothers also relied on the expertise of BMW design experts. Almost all redesigned aero parts were specially made in the BMW M prototype shop. "It was a great honor for us to be able to work with the BMW experts from the design department and prototype construction. With their help, we were able to implement our ideas perfectly“, Says Johannes Hountondji.
For example, the two BMW M4 Competition from the Driftbrothers received one to optimize the air supply to the engine compartment, among other things new BMW kidney. In addition, a new one was made from carbon spoiler (Gurney) for the tailgate, side covers for the rear diffuser and Essays for the side skirts from the M Performance Parts portfolio. In addition there were so-called wingletsthat optimize the air flow on the front splitter as well as behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels. If there is a need during the season, one can also be added Air scoop can be made for the bonnet.
Season finale is on 4th / 5th October 2021
After the season opener in Austria, the Red Bull Driftbrothers have three more rounds in the Drift Masters European Championship, the world's leading drift series. On 30./31. August the second and the third round will take place in Riga (LET), the season finale will take place on 4th / 5th. October in Tbilisi (GEO).
The Red Bull Driftbrothers have been competing in the Drift Masters European Championship since 2018. In this series of invitations, the best 45 drivers from Europe, the USA and the Middle East compete. Elias and Johannes Hountondji have been among the top drivers in drifting for years and were King of Europe Champion and Vice Champion in 2017. In 2016 and 2017 they also won the team title there. This year, the brothers will also take part in shows at the MotoGP races at the Sachsenring (GER) and the Red Bull Ring (AUT) as well as at the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, also at the Red Bull Ring.
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1.050 PS BMW M4 (G82) for the Red Bull Driftbrothers!
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